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Can You Fit in One More Summer Romance This Season?

It’s never too late for a summer romance when these books are available all year round.
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So many people dream of a summer romance that they’ll never forget. Although that doesn’t often happen in real life, there are so many novels about summer lovin’ and fun in the sun. Let me help you find a book that will help close out the summer in style. From sweet to sultry, there’s no shortage of love stories that will keep you entertained.

‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ by Jenny Han

The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy by Jenny Han
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

It’s a given that whenever someone brings up summer romances, The Summer I Turned Pretty will pop up. It’s a trilogy that follows Belly as she falls in love with two brothers over the course of three summers and has to choose one in the end.

Don’t skip this one if you already saw the show; there were a lot of changes, so you won’t know what to expect when reading. Trust me, you’re going to have as hard a time choosing between Jeremiah and Conrad, just like Belly. But one thing’s for sure, you won’t be able to put down the books until you’re done.

‘Sunkissed’ by Kasie West

Sunkissed by Kasie West
Delacorte Press

If you’re a fan of Sarah Dessen, The Summer I Turned Pretty, or any other 2010s YA romance, you’re going to love Sunkissed by Kasie West. West has written tons of romances, but this one really brings the summer heat, beachy romance, and heartbreaks.

One summer, Avery and her sister are stuck with their parents at camp for two whole months. And while that’s not so bad, she also has to juggle her budding relationship with staffer Brooks while trying to find who she is without her best friend.

‘The Summer of Broken Rules’ by K.L. Walther

The Summer of Broken Rules by K. L. Walther
Sourcebooks Fire

If you’ve already read Sunkissed this summer, I’m recommending this book. The Summer of Broken Rules is just as cute but places the characters at a wedding instead of summer camp.

To get back to herself, Meredith is determined to win a game of Assassin at a family wedding. But winning isn’t as simple when she allies with a groomsman – especially one that’s cute. This weeklong adventure will have her questioning everything she wanted from the vacation.

‘It Happened One Summer’ by Tessa Bailey

It Happened One Summer, Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey

Both of The Bellinger Sisters books from Tessa Bailey are perfect if you’re looking for a summer romance. I’m a huge fan of Tessa Bailey’s books! If you haven’t’ read anything by her, start here.

It Happened One Summer sees Piper get sent to Westport as punishment for getting arrested after a rough breakup. While there, she meets a bearded fisherman (yes, the beard is important), Brendan. It’s essentially an enemies-to-lovers story but so much more than just that.

As for Hook, Line, and Sinker, we follow Piper’s sister Hannah as she has her own slow-burn friends-to-lovers romance in Westport. Her love interest, Fox, is a known flirt, but Hannah is immune. And that might just be the thing that can break his flirting habits.

‘Good Girl Complex’ by Elle Kennedy

Good Girl Complex by Elle Kennedy
St. Martin’s Griffin

I’m cheating a bit with this pick; it’s not technically a summer romance. But it’s set in a beachy town and includes a romance I wish I could have had in college. It’s also the first in a series of standalone books set in the fictional beach town of Avalon Bay.

Mackenzie has always tried to be the perfect good girl for everyone. But when she’s finally free at college in Avalon Bay, her choices are questioned and her priorities are tested by bad boy Cooper. We all know what happens in books when a good girl meets a bad boy.

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‘Island Affair’ by Priscilla Oliveras

Island Affair and Anchored Hearts by Priscilla Oliveras
Kensington Publishing Corp. | Zebra

From fake dating to second chance romance, this series is a must-read for any summer romance lover. Island Affair and Anchored Hearts are both sultry and sweet with every page turn. Fingers crossed that Oliveras gives us more in this Florida Keys-based series!

In Island Affair, Sara’s career is booming, but her relationship with her boyfriend isn’t so great. When he doesn’t show up for her family vacation in Florida, she convinces Luis to pretend to be in love with her. But as we all know, fake dating usually leads to feelings you weren’t expecting.

Anchored Hearts follows Alejandro and Anamariá rekindling their romance years after Alejandro left. Forced proximity because of his injury–and Anamariá’s unresolved feelings–lead to the two of them spending more time than they’d expected together.

‘Maybe We Will’ by Melissa Foster

Maybe We Will, Maybe We Should, Maybe We Won't by Melissa Foster

No matter what you’re looking for in a beachy romance, the Silver Harbor trilogy has it. Maybe We Will starts off the series with chef Abby having her life flipped upside down when she returns to her childhood home. From a new sister to a new vacationing lover, she’s going to have a few weeks of bliss.

Maybe We Should sees Abby’s sister finding everything she’s been looking for. Cait moves to Silver Harbor looking for a fresh start and finds herself in a budding romance that she couldn’t have expected.

And in Maybe We Won’t, the third sister, Deirdra, heads off on a two-month vacation to get back at her boss. But while she just wanted to let go for a little bit, she finds something that might be worth holding on to in Silver Harbor.

‘Lizzie & Dante’ by Mary Bly

Lizzie and Dante by Mary Bly
Dial Press

With little time left, Lizzie is all about living life to the fullest. That starts with a vacation with her best friend and his boyfriend to Italy. It’s on that vacation that she meets Dante and his daughter. The meeting makes her question if love with a deadline is worth it.

This book gave me big Life Sentence (a Lucy Hale show that was canceled way too soon) vibes with less family drama. While I was crying and cheering over the characters, I couldn’t help but want to try some of the foods Dante made, too.

‘The Paid Bridesmaid’ by Sariah Wilson

The Paid Bridesmaid by Sariah Wilson

I don’t know why I picked up this book, but I’m okay with that decision. While it’s not as dramatic as 27 Dresses or The Wedding Planner, it’s got the drama, romance, and summery feeling I was craving.

Rachel is off to a destination wedding to be a pretend best friend and bridesmaid. Everything seems to be going smoothly – until Camden gets in her way. With one week of wedding events, Rachel and Camden are forced to spend time together – which might lead to more than just a friendship.

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’40-Love’ by Olivia Dade

40-Love by Olivia Dade
Hussies & Harpies Press

In the first of Dade’s novels on this list, 40-Love proves you’re never too old for a summer romance. It’s the second book in the There’s Something About Marysburg series but can be read as a standalone.

Tess is a 40-year-old assistant principal who just needed a nice vacation; Lucas is a 26-year-old tennis instructor. After he saves her at the beach and gives her a few lessons, they have to decide whether to keep their chemistry to the summer or make it work during the school year.

‘Ship Wrecked’ by Olivia Dade

Ship Wrecked by Olivia Dade

Ship Wrecked is the third in the Spoiler Alert series, but it’s the only one that gave me “vacation” vibes while reading it. So, that’s why I’m including it on this list. That, and I can’t stop thinking about the tension between the two leads.

Maria and Peter had one incredible night together before she disappeared. Then they meet again to star in a show on a tiny island together. They put aside their feelings until it all finally boils over. But will they be able to make it last?

‘Greece Actually’ by Sue Roberts

Greece Actually by Sue Roberts

If you’re anything like me, you’ve wanted to live through your own Mamma Mia! summer in Greece. While that’s most likely never going to happen for me, I was able to live vicariously through Becky in Greece Actually as she gets pretty close.

Becky doesn’t book last-minute trips to Greece – ever. So her booking a vacation on an ABBA-themed cruise in Greece means she’s finally stepping into a new chapter of her life. One that’s full of romance when she was least expecting it.

‘The Roughest Draft’ by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley, Austin Siegemund-Broka
Berkley Books

Though Beach Read by Emily Henry and The Roughest Draft have similar concepts, they don’t feel like copies of each other. (And you might even like this one more!)

In The Roughest Draft, Katrina and Nathan are forced back to where they wrote their first (and only) best-seller together. Four years after a very public fallout and stuck in a small Florida beach house, the summer weather won’t be the only thing heating up.